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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
SIMPlight SCADA Software
11 August 2017
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: SIMPlight SCADA Software
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2017-9661
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SIMPlight SCADA Software
Original release date: August 10, 2017
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CVSS v3 7.0
ATTENTION: Low skill level to exploit.
Equipment: SCADA Software
Vulnerability: Uncontrolled Search Path Element
The following versions of SIMPlight SCADA software, software for building
management systems and automated facilities, are affected:
SCADA Software version 18.104.22.168 and prior.
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to
execute arbitrary code.
SIMPlight has not responded to requests to work with NCCIC/ICS-CERT to
mitigate this vulnerability.
ICS-CERT recommends that users take defensive measures to minimize the
risk of exploitation of this vulnerabilities. Specifically, users should:
Minimize network exposure for all control system devices and/or systems,
and ensure that they are not accessible from the Internet.
Locate control system networks and remote devices behind firewalls,
and isolate them from the business network.
When remote access is required, use secure methods, such as Virtual
Private Networks (VPNs), recognizing that VPNs may have vulnerabilities
and should be updated to the most current version available. Also
recognize that VPN is only as secure as the connected devices.
ICS-CERT reminds organizations to perform proper impact analysis and risk
assessment prior to deploying defensive measures.
ICS-CERT also provides a section for control systems security recommended
practices on the ICS-CERT web page. Several recommended practices are
available for reading and download, including Improving Industrial Control
Systems Cybersecurity with Defense-in-Depth Strategies.
Additional mitigation guidance and recommended practices are
publicly available in the ICS-CERT Technical Information Paper,
ICS-TIP-12-146-01B--Targeted Cyber Intrusion Detection and Mitigation
Strategies, that is available for download from the ICS-CERT web site.
Organizations observing any suspected malicious activity should follow their
established internal procedures and report their findings to ICS-CERT for
tracking and correlation against other incidents.
In addition, ICS-CERT recommends that users take the following measures
to protect themselves from social engineering attacks:
Do not click web links or open unsolicited attachments in email messages.
Refer to Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams for more information on
avoiding email scams.
Refer to Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more
information on social engineering attacks.
No known public exploits specifically target this vulnerability. This
vulnerability is not remotely exploitable.
UNCONTROLLED SEARCH PATH ELEMENT CWE-427
The uncontrolled search path element vulnerability has been identified,
which may allow an attacker to place a malicious DLL file within the search
path resulting in execution of arbitrary code.
CVE-2017-9661 has been assigned to this vulnerability. A CVSS v3
base score of 7.0 has been assigned; the CVSS vector string is
Karn Ganeshen reported this vulnerability to ICS-CERT.
Critical Infrastructure Sector(s): Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Critical
Manufacturing, Defense Industrial Base, Energy, Food and Agriculture,
Government Facilities, Healthcare and Public Health, Nuclear Reactors,
Materials, and Waste
Countries/Areas Deployed: Unknown
Company Headquarters Location: Russia
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International Callers: (208) 526-0900
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